Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel with Caution

United States Embassy Banjul, The Gambia
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel with Caution

The U.S. Department of State advises U.S. citizens against travel east of Denton Bridge to central Banjul and rural areas of The Gambia during the ongoing presidential transition. U.S. citizens are advised to exercise caution when moving in the greater urban area of Banjul.

The U.S. Embassy will resume limited operations Monday morning, January 23. However, family members of embassy employees ordered to leave The Gambia for security reasons will remain away until risks are reduced. U.S. citizens requiring emergency services may call the U.S. Embassy at +(220) 437-5270.

U.S. citizens should:
• Avoid large crowds and celebrations as these may turn violent quickly. 
 • Have extra food, water, and medication on hand. 
 • Establish a communication plan with your friends and family, so they know when to expect to see or hear from you.

For further information:
• See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and The Gambia Country Specific Information.

• Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

• Contact the U.S. Embassy in Bajul, located at 92 Kairaba Avenue, Fajara, Banjul, at +(220) 439-2856 is open Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(220) 437-5270.

• Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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